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Tigers hit a new low in 2014

Richmond have come to a "very significant fork in the road in terms of the bigger picture", according to senior AFL writer Rohan Connolly.

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That's stumps for today, folks, thanks for all your questions and comments. Understand the deluge of Richmond questions, Punt Road certainly has a fair bit of thinking to do over the next few months to make sure the next few years aren't another case of deja vu. Huge Port Adelaide v Hawthorn clash this week, should be a belter. Let's hope so, and we'll see you back here next Monday at 12pm.

Discuss the footy issues that matter to you with The Age's voice of the people, Rohan Connolly.

Leave a comment now and return at midday to join the conversation.

Topics you may like to discuss:

- Richmond's recent form, including the Tigers' loss on Saturday

- The siren controversy from Adelaide on Thursday night

- The Suns' efforts to beat the Saints

- The bump

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  • Hi Rohan. Do you think Majak daw can really be good enough to play regular senior footy? He just doesn't seem to apply any defensive pressure, which now seems to be a non negotiable requirement of every forward in the game.

    Commenter
    Davros
    Date and time
    May 19, 2014, 11:16AM
    • Hi Davros, I think it's going to be a pretty slow process to be honest. The little cameos are very exciting, but I agree, the second efforts and one-percenters seem largely absent at this stage. Perhaps it's going to simply take lots of patience, after all Eagles are still waiting for Naitanui to be a four-quarter player and he's coming up to 100 games.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      May 19, 2014, 12:14PM
    • If he played in the 70's or 80's when they bombed it long to the forwards he would kick 100 every year. But it is a different game now and I think he could be just too big for full forward.

      Commenter
      Craig
      Date and time
      May 19, 2014, 12:26PM
  • Rohan, can we have a moment to do as everyone else has done and reflect upon G Ablett, again? I was watching the first quarter, thinking the Suns would get a real challenge and then time after time, Gary would scamper past an opponent, duck and weave and kick a goal or set up one and I hadn't even realised he was anywhere near the ball or goals.

    If anyone else in the competition had 37 possessions and 4 goals they would be hailed - rightly - as having played a blinder. Yet for Gary, it's just another day at the office. I would go so far as to say there isn't another player in Australian sport, in any football code or indeed, any non-football sport, who is currently at this level. The closest might have been Michael Clarke 18 months ago, Billy Slater maybe a few years ago or perhaps Mitchell Johnson during the ashes. Have I missed another comparison? Views?

    Commenter
    janeygotagun
    Date and time
    May 19, 2014, 11:22AM
    • Hi Janey, Couldn't agree more, and they're all good analogies. You could just about go the Bradman and Lindrum comparisons too right now, that's how well he's going. Have to say I feel really blessed to have seen both his and his father's careers in their entirety!

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      May 19, 2014, 12:17PM
  • Well, the AFL are getting what they wanted. A top-tier of teams like the EPL and the Suns and Giants to win flags before the likes of the Saints, Dees and Dogs. I'm sure the people on the Gold Coast will really appreciate the gift they've been given.

    Commenter
    Cam
    Date and time
    May 19, 2014, 11:22AM
    • Hi Cam, Do I detect a little sarcasm in your closing remarks? I guess the AFL is on a hiding to nothing setting up new clubs. Give them too little and they risk a long-term basket case like the Swans and Bears were early days, give them too much and it looks too stage-managed. I suppose the AFL would also argue that the Saints and Dogs both had genuine cracks at premierships over that 2008-10 period and with a few breaks might have had them.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      May 19, 2014, 12:21PM
    • Rohan, the bears, sorry Lions, are still basket cases. What's the AFL going to do, bail them out?

      Commenter
      wear the fox hat
      Date and time
      May 19, 2014, 12:30PM
  • Fremantle's place on the ladder after a tough start to the season playing all the top Premiership contenders and watch them rocket up the ladder as they prepare their finals assault.

    Commenter
    Peter
    Date and time
    May 19, 2014, 11:24AM
    • Hi Peter, Not sure that's a question as such, but they certainly got their best defensive front back on Saturday night. Still need to find a few more goals for mine, but that's still possible.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      May 19, 2014, 12:22PM

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